Temple of Doom Tour
While it is a sequel to the rip roaring Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom actually takes place before its predecessor. Known for being the darker of the three original films, TOD combines Indy's usual action adventure with elements of the occult and surprisingly frightening scenes of gore that led it to being upgraded from to a PG-13 rating.
Shanghai The movie starts out in 1935, Indiana Jones narrowly escapes the clutches of Lao Che, a crime boss in Shanghai. With his eleven-year old Chinese sidekick, Short Round (or Shorty), and the gold-digging nightclub singer, Willie Scott in tow, Indiana flees Shanghai on a Ford Trimotor airplane that, unknown to them, is owned by Lao.
Himalayas Of course as only can happen to Indy the pilots realize they have been hijacked and leave the plane to crash over the Himalayas, though the trio narrowly manage to escape on an inflatable boat and ride down the slopes into a raging river.
Yosemite The raft scenes were filmed at the Tuolumne River, which runs through its own ‘Grand Canyon’, north of Big Oak Flat Road in Yosemite National Park, being buffeted along by the currents of the American River, running from Lake Folsom to Sacramento.
Sri LankaThe trio reaches the fictional town of Mayapore that was built by the crew on the grounds of the government-owned Hantana Tea Plantation in Sri Lanka. The local villagers believe them to have been sent by the Hindu god Shiva and enlist their help to retrieve the sacred Sivalinga stone stolen from their shrine, as well as the community's children, from evil forces in the nearby Pankot Palace.
Kandy The crowd pleasing elephant ride to the ‘Palace of Pankot’ was filmed at the nearby Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. With over 60 elephants, it’s the largest captive herd in the world and was established in 1975 as an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants.
Jaipur For the opulent Palace of Pankot the producers scouted The Pink City of Jaipur in India to stand in for the Maharajah’s abode, but when filming in India fell through, the whole palace, interior and exterior, was built in the studio at Elstree.
And then it’s back to Sri Lanka for the rope-bridge scene, which was built across a 300 foot-deep gorge downriver from the Victoria Dam north of Kandy. As the dam was still under construction, there was a convenient supply of engineers and equipment to string the bridge.
Marin County The last shot of the film over the village showing the freed kids running across the fields returning home was a last-minute addition. It was in fact a matte painting added to a view over the hills of Nicasio, Marin County, in California.
To follow in the footsteps of the greatest adventure archaeologist isn't easy remember keeps these things in mind when attempting to perform this itinerary.
1) Always research the local laws and check in with your national embassy before visiting a foreign country.
2) It's helpful to learn a few basic safety words and phrases in the local language in case of emergencies.
3) Never carry around more cash then you need for that day's excursion. Leave your valuables in the room or hotel safe if offered.